Mississippi River residents look ahead to flood cleanup

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For some along the Mississippi River, flood cleanup is just getting started and for others it hasn’t even begun.

Nathan Stotler has lived along the river for three years and was taken off guard when the water started to creep closer to his home.

“This time it just came up so fast,” said Stotler.

So in order to save his home, he had to take matters into his own hands.

“We actually had to make like a makeshift flood wall out of plywood and some boards,” said Stotler.

The flood wall worked. The water stayed out but as it’s going down, it’s leaving quite the mess behind.

“This is probably just the start of it,” said Stotler. “We will probably have a couple months of cleaning up trees and logs and getting the grass back in shape but it’s kind of the life living down here. It comes with it.”

Across the road, Randall McClelland isn’t even able to start the clean up process.

“This is the longest it’s ever been, damn near three months,” said McClelland.

Nearly three months of the water being above flood stage. Three months of not being able to use his first floor and three months of using his boat to get to and from his house.

“I hate it man,” said McClelland.

There are a couple homes along North Bottom Road that are able to start cleaning up. Others hope they’ll be able to start cleaning up by the weekend.


Kaylee Pfeiferling

Kaylee Pfeiferling

Multimedia Journalist

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